2016 Mexican Grand Prix

Gran Premio de Mexico

Sunday 30th October 2016
Round:
19
Weather:
Warm, dry and hazy
Laps:
71
Country:
Mexico
Location:
Mexico City
2016 season:
Report

Max Verstappen and his on-the-edge judgement of braking distances, tyre grip and etiquette shaped the spectacle of this race. And his Turn 4 launch down the inside of Nico Rosberg’s second place Mercedes just as the race was on a strategic pivot defined the race’s shape – behind Lewis Hamilton, that is, who took career victory number 51 to draw level with Alain Prost and keep his title hopes alive.

Shaping the result was Hamilton’s untypically large performance advantage over Rosberg. But although it may not have looked it from the outside, Hamilton gave himself a race of jeopardy – at least for the first 17 laps, after which he was able to get off the tyres he’d flat-spotted within seconds of the start and that were creating such vibrations as to threaten to destroy the tyre’s casing. The resonance had increased 25% – on the extreme limit – by the time he was brought in. “Normally, we would have brought him in long before then, for reasons of safety,” said Toto Wolff, “and that would have lost him the race and the championship. We felt we couldn’t do that.”

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Results

PositionDriverTimePoints
1Lewis Hamilton
1h 40m 31.400s
25
2Nico Rosberg
1h 40m 39.760s
+8.360s
18
3 ↑ 1Daniel Ricciardo
1h 40m 52.260s
+20.860s
15
4 ↓ 1Max Verstappen
1h 40m 52.730s
+21.330s
12
5 ↑ 2Sebastian Vettel
1h 40m 58.720s
+27.320s
10
6Kimi Raikkonen
1h 41m 20.780s
+49.380s
8
7 ↓ 2Nico Hulkenberg
1h 41m 30.290s
+58.890s
6
8Valtteri Bottas
1h 41m 37.010s
+1m 5.610s
4
9Felipe Massa
1h 41m 47.610s
+1m 16.210s
2
10 ↑ 2Sergio Perez
1h 41m 48.200s
+1m 16.800s
1
11 ↑ 4Marcus Ericsson
0
12 ↑ 1Jenson Button
0
13 ↓ 2Fernando Alonso
0
14 ↑ 8Jolyon Palmer
0
15 ↑ 4Felipe Nasr
0
16 ↓ 6Carlos Sainz jr
0
17 ↓ 3Kevin Magnussen
0
18Daniil Kvyat
0
19 ↓ 2Esteban Gutierrez
0
20 ↑ 1Romain Grosjean
0
21 ↓ 1Esteban Ocon
0
RPascal Wehrlein
0

Circuit

Country:
Mexico
Location:
Mexico City
Length:
2.6740 (miles)
Type:
Permanent road course
Record:
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes-Benz W06), 1m20.521, 119.552 mph, F1, 2015

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